Preparing Your Woods for an Uncertain Future program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, August 12th

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 No one can predict the future with absolute certainty, but there are several trends that are difficult to deny. Extreme weather events are more common, temperatures appear to be warming, precipitation is becoming more variable, and populations of invasive species like emerald ash borer and tree-of-heaven continue to rise. All of these factors can impact your woods. National and global timber markets are also influencing the value of your timber resources.

Preparing Your Woods for an Uncertain Future is designed to help landowners better understand the potential impacts that these trends may have on their woodlands.  Most importantly, the program will introduce you to some proactive strategies to minimize these risks, and improve the health and resiliency of your woodland for future generations.

Featured presenters include Patricia Butler, Climate Change Outreach Specialist, Northern Institute of Applied Climate Science; Tom Macy, Forest Health Administrator, ODNR-Division of Forestry; Matt Bumgardner, Forest Products Technologist, USFS Northern Research Station; Louis Iverson, Research Landscape Ecologist, USFS Northern Research Station; and Dave Apsley, Natural Resources Specialist, OSU Extension. Speakers will address the following topics:

  • Past trends and predicted changes in climate and extreme weather events
  • Understanding the adaptability and vulnerability of our oak dominated woodlands to these trends
  • Invasive plants, insects and diseases that pose current and future threats to our woodlands
  • Global timber markets and how they may impact the value of your trees
  • Learn how to minimize risks to your woods by increasing the diversity of native species, enhancing individual tree health and minimizing the pressures of invasive species.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur.  A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by August 8.

 

For a brochure with more information about this and upcoming programs click here: 2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final

For a map and directions to the Vinton Furnace State Forest:   Directions – Experimental Forest

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“Building and Maintaining Woodland Roads and Trails” program offered to woodland owners and enthusiasts in SE Ohio at the Hocking State Forest on Friday, June 10th.

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Multi-purpose woodland road/trail on Ohio State Forest

Are you thinking about building a new road or trail to better access your woods for hunting, hiking or gathering firewood? Do you have wet areas or ruts on your existing trails? “Building and Maintaining Woodland Roads and Trails” may be just what you need. This program is designed to help you:

  • Design and layout new woodland roads and trails
  • Become familiar with techniques for trail construction
  • Understand how to repair and maintain existing roads and trails
  • Appreciate Best Management Practices (BMP’s) and the importance of managing water on roads and trails

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” programs run from May through November and are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter, Ohio Tree Farm Committee, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

For brochures and more information about our 2016 slate of programs for woodland owners and enthusiasts, visit http://go.osu.edu/seohiowoods. This program will take place from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Hocking State Forest Headquarters (Office) at 19275 SR 374, Rockbridge, OH. A registration fee of $10 will cover the cost of lunch and program materials.  Please RSVP by calling OSU Extension Vinton County at 740-596-5212, or email Dave Apsley at apsley.1@osu.edu by June 6.

Link to detailed map of Hocking State Forest:

http://forestry.ohiodnr.gov/Portals/forestry/PDFs/SF/hocking.pdf

 

Map Hocking SF.

The Hocking State Forest Office is located about 0.4 miles just north of the intersection of OH 374 and Big Pine Road.

“A DAY in the WOODS – 2nd Friday Series” brochure now available

Our brochure for the 2016 A DAY in the WOODS- 2nd Friday Series brochure is now available electronically.  Thanks to all of you who helped to pull this program together for 2016.

Link to PDF version of the brochure: 2016 DAY in the WOODS Brochure-Final

Our friends at Glatfelter have once again offered to print this brochure for distribution.  Printed copies will soon be available at a location near you. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2016.

Brochure Cover 2016

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Feral Swine Program on March 10th in Oak Hill

How many invasive species can you identify in this photo?

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YOU DON’T WANT THIS IN YOUR WOODS!!! Photo courtesy of Craig Hicks, USDA APHIS

From the Wayne National Forest Facebook Page:

The Oak Hill Public Library will sponsor a Feral Swine (WILD BOAR) Program on Thursday, March 10th at 6:00 p.m. in the Jenkins room at the library.

Feral Swine are quickly becoming an issue in the state of Ohio.
Craig Hicks, Wildlife Disease Biologist /Ohio Feral Swine Coordinator, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services will discuss the growing concerns of the feral swine in Ohio.Two new techs to our area, Cmaeron Gray and Cory Clark along with Ted Witham, Jackson County Wildlife Officer/Ohio Division of Wildlife will also be on hand to help answer questions for the evening.

They’ll be able to show you how the USDA deals with hogs and why it’s important to take these proper steps when dealing with feral swine.
Information covered during the program will include identifying hog sign, what to do, who to contact, potential damage, how to help and Ohio hog status.
If you are interested in attending this free informational program call the library at 740-682-6457 to register

10 Opportunities to Spend “A Day in the Woods” in 2016

The Education and Demonstration Committee of the the Vinton Furnace State (Experimental) Forest is pleased to announce the following tentative program calendar for 2016. We’ll post a brochure once we work out a few more of the details.

May 13th  Spring edibles – The focus of this program will be on understory herbaceous plants and fungi.

June 10th   Building and Maintaining Woodland Roads and Trails.   Off-site, Hocking State Forest Cabin.  This will be field-based, hands on, get dirty and sweaty program.   Topics will include Best Management practices, trail/road layout and design, maintenance etc.

July 8th Periodical cicadas: How do they affect our trees, woods and wildlife?  2016 is the year for the 17 year cicada.  Although this program will occur after they cicadas have come and gone they will be fresh on our minds and there should be lots of evidence of their visit. We’ll also explore other examples of arthropods and their interactions with trees, forests and wildlife.  (e.g. ticks, mice, deer and humans; and hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA), hemlock and songbirds

Bonus-July 22nd  Summer Tree Identification– Off-site at Hocking College.  The emphasis of this program will be identification based on leaf characteristics.

August 12th   Preparing your woods for an uncertain future. With all of the uncertainty in the future (extreme weather events, invasive species, global markets etc.) it is important to have woods that are diverse and healthy. This program will focus on steps that you can take to manage the risks to your woodland.

Bonus-August 26th   Streams and Streamside Forests.  Off-site, the location to be determined (Raccoon Creek Watershed).  Topics covered will include water quality, watersheds and watershed management, riparian forest buffers, aquatic organisms, electro fishing demo, human impacts etc.

September 9th  Interactions Among Wildlife Populations and Humans. This program will look at wildlife population trends and their relationships to habitat changes due to natural and human caused disturbances, effects of hunting and trapping, introduction of non-natives etc.

October 14th  Propagating Native Trees, Shrubs and Herbs .  Off-site Wayne National Forest HQ, Nelsonville.  Learn how to collect, treat and plant the seeds of woody and herbaceous plants

November 4th  A Night in the Forest.  Focus on night skies (Weather permitting), owls and mammals.

November 18th  Winter Tree Identification. Off site at Canter’s Cave 4-H Camp near Jackson.

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Notice the addition of the Tree Farm Logo. The Ohio Tree Farm Committee and Glatfelter both recently made a generous donations to support our educational efforts in 2016. Thanks!

 

Jesse Webster From the Great Smoky Mountain National Park featured at November 9th Program on Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

We’re so excited that Jesse Webster from the Great Smoky Mountain National Park will be visiting the Hocking Hills on November 9th  to discuss options for managing Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.  This excerpt from Jesse’s bio says it all:  “I”m certain that you can do something to save your trees and that you will be glad that you did”.

See the press release and flier below for more details on the program and how you can reserve your seat!!

Jesse Webster- Coordinator for Forest Insect and Disease in Great Smoky Mountain National Park

Printable PDF FLIER:  HWA Nov 9 public mtg flier_10.22.15 (2)

Printable PDF Press Release: HWA NOV 9 Press Release

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“Identifying Trees in Winter” program offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 13

IMG_0784Fall is in the air, and many of the trees in Southeastern Ohio are already shedding their leaves.  This makes tree identification more difficult, but there are still many clues that you can use to identify trees in their leafless state. “Identifying Trees in Winter”, an educational program designed to provide you with the knowledge to differentiate among the variety of trees on your property in the coming winter months, will be offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on Friday, November 13 from 9 am to 3:30 pm.  Participants in this program will:

  • Develop an “eye” for bark and tree shape to aid in winter tree identification
  • Learn to use bud and twig characteristics to identify trees
  • Become familiar with tree fruits like acorns and other clues that can be found on the ground
  • Spend “A Day in the Woods” with foresters exploring the variety of trees that can be found at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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What’s in Your Woods? Offered on October 9 at the Vinton Furnace State Forest

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Mother bobcat and kitten. Photo Courtesy of Suzie Prange ODNR-Division of Wildlife

As the fall-colored leaves start their descent to the ground, wildlife enthusiasts will experience increased visibility and have some great opportunities to see wildlife in the forest. In the Friday, October 9 program “What’s in your Woods?” attendees will learn about trail cameras and other tools and techniques that can be used to observe woodland wildlife, as well as get information about monitoring efforts in southern Ohio. There will be time to explore the Vinton Furnace State Forest for signs of wildlife activity and check out some field sampling techniques. This program will take place at the Vinton Furnace State Forest near McArthur.

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Golden Eagle in Vinton County. Photo courtesy of Bill Borovicka, USDA Forest Service

Suzie Prange, furbearer biologist with the ODNR-Division of Wildlife; Craig Hicks, wildlife disease biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service; and Bill Borovicka, supervisory forest technician, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station will lead classroom and field sessions on the following topics:

-Selecting features for trail cameras

-Choosing locations for wildlife monitoring and how to  set up your site

-Hands-on experience looking for wildlife signs

-Using modern technology for nuisance wildlife

-Current research efforts for bobcats, gray fox, golden eagles, and more

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

The final “2nd Friday Series” program scheduled for 2015 is “Identifying Trees in Winter (November 13).

For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday preceding the event by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

“Woodland and Prairie Pollinators” offered at the Vinton Furnace State Forest on August 14

MonarchRight now prairies, meadows, and other open spaces are filled with blooming flowers, colorful butterflies, and the sounds of various insects pollinating colorful blooms. With their small legs, strong wings, and unique markings; pollinators take on a tremendous task to move pollen while they collect nectar. While we most often think of butterflies resting on large colorful blooms with the beautiful wings softly fluttering, many pollinators rely on trees as host plants for their larva. Some pollinators spend most of their lives in the forest feeding on their host plant. Puddles on the forest floor are also a frequent gathering area for butterflies that congregate there to obtain the nutrients that they need.

The August 14, 2015 program will provide an opportunity to learn about how important both open areas and forest habitats are to our native pollinators. Participants will:

Explore the diversity of pollinators found in SE Ohio woodlands

  • Understand the important roles that pollinators play in our ecosystems
  • Become familiar with woodland plants that pollinators utilize
  • Learn how to enhance pollinator habitat in your woods

Guest presenters for this program include Dave Parshall, Ohio Lepidopterists; Marci Lininger, Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative; Heather Stehle, Crane Hollow State Nature Preserve, and Jennifer Finfera, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“A Day in the Woods” and the “2nd Friday Series” are sponsored by the Education and Demonstration Subcommittee of the Vinton Furnace State Forest with support from the Ohio State University Extension, ODNR-Divisions of Forestry and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, Vinton County Soil and Water Conservation District, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hocking College, National Wild Turkey Federation, Glatfelter and Ohio’s SFI Implementation Committee.

Future “2nd Friday Series” programs for 2015 include: Fall Wildflowers and Edibles (Sept.11); Monitoring Woodland Wildlife (Oct. 9) and Identifying Trees in Winter (Nov. 13).

For brochures and more information, visit http://u.osu.edu/seohiowoods. A registration fee of $10 will include meal and program materials. To help prepare materials and plan for meals, please RSVP no later than the Monday preceding the event by returning a registration form, calling 740-596-5212 (OSU Extension Vinton County) or emailing Dave at apsley.1@osu.edu.

 Second Friday Series Brochure 2015

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